Friday, October 24, 2014
Volleyball: Caps Advance to 4A Quarterfinals with 3-1 Win Over Conley
Broughton (19-0) defeated D.H. Conley 25-14, 25-27, 25-21, 26-24 on Thursday to move into a NCHSAA 4A east region semifinals match-up with Hoggard on Saturday.
We WON! D.H. Conley High School visits Broughton High School in Raleigh N.C. on Thursday October 23, 2014 for round three of playoff volleyball. Broughton took the match by a score of 3 to 1 and will advance in the playoffs. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).
The Caps closed out the first set by winning the last 8 points and held a 24-21 lead in the second set before the Vikings (20-4) scored four straight points to tie the match at a game apiece. Broughton hoped to carry the momentum of a 3rd-frame win into the fourth stanza but instead fell behind 7-0. After a timeout the Caps closed to 7-6 but the Vikes responded by pushing their lead to 14-9. Conley was two points away from forcing a fifth set at 23-22 but the hosts closed the affair with a 4-1 run punctuated by a kill from Adria Johnson on match-point.
Katja Ehlers (19 kills, .410) and Adria Johnson (10 kills, .400) paced the Caps offense. Tiana Butler added 9 kills, Kati Smith had 7 kills and Rachel Byrd chipped in 4 kills (.444). Broughton totaled 51 kills on the night and posted a lofty .322 hitting pct. (kills - errors/total attempts). Ryan Haar (23 assists) and Kati Smith (19 assists) guided the Caps offense. Genna Simpkins (10 digs) and Kati Smith (10 digs) led the defense. Kaylee Vanderhorst led Conley with a match-high 22 kills.
Broughton will host perennial 4A east power John T. Hoggard in Saturday's 4th round contest (TBA). Hoggard's coach Ron Strickland holds the NCHSAA volleyball state record for most career wins with 744. The Vikings (22-2) defeated Apex 3-2 in their third-round tilt on Thursday.
For more stats, brackets and other information visit the team's MaxPreps page by clicking on the link below:
Broughton Turns Away Conley for NCHSAA 4A Win -
Broughton Survives D.H. Conley, Advances to 4th Round (includes slide show)-
Rampants Advance, Vikings Fall -
Vikings Keep Focus to Advance in Volleyball -
Broughton Volleyball Coach Has Helped Build Two Strong Programs in Raleigh -
Broughton moved to #32 in the latest PrepVolleyball.com National Top 100 Poll (10/23). Charlotte Country Day (39) and Cardinal Gibbons (45) are the other NC teams listed.